It looked like our season was taking a turn for the worse following our defeat to promotion chasing Walsall 1-0 on Boxing Day.

That capped a run of three home losses.

But then we turned things round with a stunning score and performance by beating Southend United 4-0 on Monday, December 28.

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The defeat to Walsall was another frustrating afternoon when one mistake cost us the match as a long goal-kick was misjudged by Nelson to let in Milan Lalkovic to score the only goal of the match.

The second half saw us give it a good go again, but The Saddlers' goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made two great point-blank saves which if our strikers had put their efforts half a yard away from him they would have found the net and we probably would have won the match.

Following this bad result, we risked giving up our hopes of a play-off finish unless we could work out what had gone wrong lately and then put it right and return to getting the positive results similar to those in October and November.

Millwall managed to do that with a really dominant display at Roots Hall. After a fairly even opening 15 minutes we started to take control of the match.

We were winning the ball back in midfield and although we used the long ball to Morison to good effect, it was not our only outlet as we managed to pass the ball quicker and more precisely, especially when on the counter-attack.

That does seem to be our strength this season and that only increases when Aiden O’Brien is played up front and Fred Onyedinma starts on the wing. We have pace in this team so counter-attacking football suits us.

We had a helping hand from the highly-rated Southend United goalkeeper David Bentley on Monday when he scored an own-goal to make it 2-0 after a frustratingly poor cross from Shaun Cummings managed to loop over the keeper, onto the far post and then bounce back onto him and then into the net much to the delight of the travelling faithful behind his goal.

Bentley couldn’t wait for half-time to come so he could escape up the other end of the pitch away from the 1,700 Lions supporters.

He conceded another before he could get away though after he spilled a shot from Morison and Onyedinma finished to make it 3-0.

O’Brien got in on the goals in the second half to cap a great all-round team performance that gives everyone confidence going into two key away matches at Barnsley on Saturday, January 2 and Oldham the week after.

We need to replicate the passion and fight displayed at Southend whatever personnel we put onto the pitch to start matches.

Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club